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2021 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in California

30 Colleges
$22,855 Avg Salary
$40,424 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts School for You

Film, Video & Photographic Arts is the #34 most popular major in California with 4,428 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which program is right for you. As online education oppotunities continue to grow, you're not restricted to just schools in your local area anymore. Even some of the 'big name' schools are offering online courses. Also, there are a number of trade schools with offerings that you might find attractive.

The Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in California ranking is one of many tools that Course Advisor has developed to help you make your educational decision. This report analyzed 30 schools in California to see which ones offered the best programs for students.

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2021 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in California

The colleges and universities below are the best for film majors pursuing a .

Top 10 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools

Our 2021 rankings named American Film Institute Conservatory the best school in California for film, video and photographic arts students. American Film Institute is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Los Angeles.

Film majors at American Film Institute take out an average of $148,474 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $1,730.

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#2

Chapman University

Orange, CA

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means Chapman University is a great place for film, video and photographic arts students. Chapman is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the medium-sized city of Orange.

On average, film graduates from Chapman take out $78,927 in student loans while working on their degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $904.

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The excellent programs at University of Southern California helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best film, video and photographic arts schools in California. USC is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles.

While working on their degree, film majors at USC accumulate an average of around $74,860 in student debt. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $859, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend University of California - Santa Barbara. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in California list. Located in the midsize suburb of Santa Barbara, UCSB is a public school with a fairly large student population.

On average, film graduates from UCSB take out $19,250 in student loans while working on their degree. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $200, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#5

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Loyola Marymount University. The school came in at #5 on this year’s Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in California list. Loyola Marymount is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Los Angeles.

Film majors at Loyola Marymount take out an average of $47,448 in student loans while working on their egree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $538.

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University of California - Los Angeles ranked #6 on this year’s Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in California list. Located in the city of Los Angeles, UCLA is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Film majors at UCLA take out an average of $50,548 in student loans while working on their egree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $579, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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University of California - Davis ranked #7 on this year’s Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in California list. Located in the small suburb of Davis, UC Davis is a public school with a very large student population.

The average amount in student loans that film majors at UC Davis take out is $14,558. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $151.

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With a ranking of #8, University of California - Riverside did quite well on this year’s best schools for film, video and photographic arts students. Located in the large city of Riverside, UCR is a public school with a very large student population.

Film majors at UCR take out an average of $22,500 in student loans while working on their egree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $234.

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John Paul the Great Catholic University landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best film, video and photographic arts programs. Located in the suburb of Escondido, John Paul the Great Catholic University is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population.

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University of California - Irvine did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best schools for film, video and photographic arts students. It came in at #10 on the list. Located in the large city of Irvine, UC Irvine is a public school with a fairly large student population.

While working on their degree, film majors at UC Irvine accumulate an average of around $19,580 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $203.

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Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Colleges in the Far Western US Region

Explore all the Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Schools in the Far Western US Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Washington 148
Oregon 169
Nevada 80
Alaska 1

One of 9 majors within the area of study, film, video and photographic arts has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Fine & Studio Arts 40,751
Design & Applied Arts 36,179
Music 26,968
Drama & Theater Arts 17,726
General Visual & Performing Arts 5,720

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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